Abstract Title

Session S-06E: Science, Policy, and Partnerships

Proposed Abstract Title

Science, Policy and Partnerships

Keywords

Science Policy and Partnerships

Location

Room 613-614

Start Date

1-5-2014 1:30 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 3:00 PM

Description

Successful recovery of the Salish Sea requires collaboration between scientists (both biophysical and social) and policy/decision makers. Without this relationship we find ourselves with scientific research that is not relevant to decision making and decisions made without a strong scientific foundation, and without the support of the science community. While there is a great deal of good scientific work currently available to enhance ecosystem recovery decision-making, many of the questions that decision makers currently face require further investigation to address critical uncertainties, or at minimum, collection of data through environmental monitoring or social surveys to fill important gaps. However, it is critical that science does not impede early ecosystem-scale recovery actions; we do have sufficient knowledge to take action. In this panel session we will discuss the relationships between science and policy communities in ecosystem recovery efforts in the Salish Sea, including the science foundation for early action and the science and policy knowledge gaps for recovery at the scale of the Salish Sea. Panel members will include both US and Canadian professionals involved in the science and policy of ecosystem-based management for the Salish Sea. Panelists will consider and discuss such topics as:• An overview of Salish Sea status and trends and what they are really telling us and how should the status and trends influence policy and science• Examples of successes and challenges in science/policy collaboration. • Social constructs and behaviors needed for successful ecosystem recovery• Identified opportunities, specific approaches, and current challenges for science to more effectively inform policy decision-making. Panelists:Katharine Wellman –Moderator, Vice Chair Puget Sound Partnership Science PanelJohn Stein, Chair Puget Sound Partnership Science PanelJoel Baker, Puget Sound Institute, University of WashingtonAngela Bonifaci, US Environmental Protection AgencyTracy Collier, Puget Sound PartnershipThomas Leschine, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, University of WashingtonIan Perry, Department of Fish and Oceans, CanadaTerre Satterfield, University of British Columbia

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May 1st, 1:30 PM May 1st, 3:00 PM

Science, Policy and Partnerships

Room 613-614

Successful recovery of the Salish Sea requires collaboration between scientists (both biophysical and social) and policy/decision makers. Without this relationship we find ourselves with scientific research that is not relevant to decision making and decisions made without a strong scientific foundation, and without the support of the science community. While there is a great deal of good scientific work currently available to enhance ecosystem recovery decision-making, many of the questions that decision makers currently face require further investigation to address critical uncertainties, or at minimum, collection of data through environmental monitoring or social surveys to fill important gaps. However, it is critical that science does not impede early ecosystem-scale recovery actions; we do have sufficient knowledge to take action. In this panel session we will discuss the relationships between science and policy communities in ecosystem recovery efforts in the Salish Sea, including the science foundation for early action and the science and policy knowledge gaps for recovery at the scale of the Salish Sea. Panel members will include both US and Canadian professionals involved in the science and policy of ecosystem-based management for the Salish Sea. Panelists will consider and discuss such topics as:• An overview of Salish Sea status and trends and what they are really telling us and how should the status and trends influence policy and science• Examples of successes and challenges in science/policy collaboration. • Social constructs and behaviors needed for successful ecosystem recovery• Identified opportunities, specific approaches, and current challenges for science to more effectively inform policy decision-making. Panelists:Katharine Wellman –Moderator, Vice Chair Puget Sound Partnership Science PanelJohn Stein, Chair Puget Sound Partnership Science PanelJoel Baker, Puget Sound Institute, University of WashingtonAngela Bonifaci, US Environmental Protection AgencyTracy Collier, Puget Sound PartnershipThomas Leschine, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, University of WashingtonIan Perry, Department of Fish and Oceans, CanadaTerre Satterfield, University of British Columbia